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Les écrivains au péril de la guerre

( Season 1 )
The relationships between literature and the violence of war as shown through the writings and personalities of ten major 20th century authors. Ten literary destinies marked by war, recounted by Frédéric Mitterrand and illustrated by numerous archive documents.

Episodes

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Episode 1: Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), First World War

The poet Guillaume Apollinaire thought he liked war. In the beginning. In order to become completely French (he had Polish nationality), for its image, for the thrill... He was rapidly disillusioned and his war writings became increasingly bitter. Seriously wounded in 1916, he died two days before the Armistice.

Directed by: Thomas Briat (France, 2018)
Presented by: Frédéric Mitterrand.
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Episode 2: Joseph Roth (1894-1939), First World War

The writer and poet Joseph Roth, an Austrian Jew, fought under the colours of the Imperial Hapsburg army. His acts of bravery, real if somewhat romanticized, formed the foundation of his considerable literary work, including "Radetzky March". He died in 1939, in exile in Paris. A poor, relatively unknown, alcoholic...

Directed by: Thomas Briat (France, 2018)
Presented by: Frédéric Mitterrand.
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Episode 3: Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), Spanish Civil War

At the end of the 1930s, during his existential period, Ernest Hemingway left the USA to take up arms for the Republicans in Spain. The experience led to a documentary film "The Spanish Earth", directed by Dutch documentary film-maker Joris Ivens, then his famous novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

Directed by: Thomas Briat (France, 2018)
Presented by: Frédéric Mitterrand.
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Episode 4: André Malraux (1901-1976), Spanish Civil War

At the start of the civil war in Spain in 1936 André Malraux was an influential writer, Prix Goncourt three years earlier for "La Condition Humaine". His experience of war in Spain inspired him to write "L'Espoir ", associated with the film of the same name, produced under dangerous conditions.

Directed by: Thomas Briat (France, 2018)
Presented by: Frédéric Mitterrand.